Last Updated on October 26, 2021 by laurenpacek
These Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mules are sweet, spicy, and full of Fall flavor. Pumpkin butter and vanilla vodka make them taste like a boozy slice of pie!
I was looking around my pantry recently and came across an unopened jar of pumpkin butter from last Fall (still good!). Fortunately/unfortunately, I was experiencing some gnarly morning sickness at this time last year, so while the spirit was willing to purchase pumpkin butter, the body was not willing to eat it. With that jar in hand, I went looking for other flavors to include.
We also had a bottle of vanilla vodka hanging around, along with ginger beer (a staple in our house). So, I tossed those three things, along with ice and some freshly squeezed lime juice in to a copper mug (with a step or two in between) and voila! The Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule was born.
The vanilla vodka adds flavor and sweetness, the ginger beer is spicy, and the pumpkin butter is equal parts sweet and flavorfully spiced. All of these ingredients together really make this cocktail taste like a boozy slice of pumpkin pie.
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These mules are so.good.
To be honest, I'm a little surprised that I haven't put a cocktail like this together until now! I mean, my love of Moscow Mules is well documented. Seriously, check out the Mules on this blog. Click here. I'll wait.
And, if we're being real, I'm a little bit of a basic bitch when it comes to all things pumpkin. I am not ashamed to do a little self reflection and admit that about myself.
A little time spent looking around my pantry, plus a little seasonal inspiration, led me to concoct this drink. So, while I am apologetic that it took me so long to get to this point, I like to think that this cocktail will serve as a sufficient apology.
What ingredients go into this mule?
Just a handful of ingredients!
- Vanilla vodka: I like to use Smirnoff or Pinnacle vanilla vodka. Basically, use something decent. But there's no need to reach for anything on the top shelf. Do really top shelf vodkas even come in flavors?
- Pumpkin butter: This stuff is like magic. Delicious, delicious magic. I've found mine at Trader Joe's but Google tells me that there are other options. Click here to see where you can find some.
- Lime juice: Freshly squeezed, please.
- Ginger beer: I like very spicy ginger beer, but use whatever kind you prefer.
- Garnishes: While these are technically not required, they make the drink look so pretty! I like to use a whole star anise and cinnamon stick
How do you make a Pumpkin Pie Moscow Mule?
You'll start by adding vanilla vodka, pumpkin butter, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake shake shake until it's very cold. Strain the contents of the shaker into a copper mug with ice.
If you want to ensure that there are no little globs of pumpkin butter that didn't get incorporated in the shaker in your cocktail, you can double strain this drink. Basically, that means straining the drink out of your strainer and through a fine mesh strainer and into your glass.
Top everything with some spicy ginger beer and garnish with some beautiful star anise and a cinnamon stick!
In search of other Fall Moscow Mule Recipes?
Well well well. In that case, let me direct your attention this way...
While I truly believe that bourbon is a spirit that should be consumed year-round, I'll admit that it is especially warming and delightful when the weather turns a bit cooler. I made and shared this Bourbon Moscow Mule almost 3 years ago now. It's just as good today as it was then.
In case you want to amp up the Fall vibes even further, I also have a Maple Bourbon Moscow Mule for ya. It's made with smoked maple bourbon and real maple syrup for a little sweetness. *chef's kiss*
I'm also pretty stoked about my Caramel Apple Moscow Mules. They taste like (you guessed it) a big old caramel apple. But, you know, boozy and in a copper mug.
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- 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
- 1 heaping tbsp pumpkin butter
- ½ lime, juiced
- 4 oz ginger beer
- whole star anise and/or cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)
- Add the vanilla vodka, pumpkin butter, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold and the pumpkin butter has been incorporated.
- Strain into a copper mug with ice. Double strain if you want to avoid any clumps of pumpkin butter that didn't quite incorporate.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a whole star anise and/or a cinnamon stick, if desired
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 55gProtein: 0g
What gear will I need?
- Copper mugs! They keep your drink super cold and frosty. Plus they look great.
- A cocktail shaker
- A jigger, to measure your booze
- A citrus juicer